Kelvin Gastelum Believes Uriah Hall’s Lackluster UFC Performances Have Been All Mental (Video)

August 30, 2013
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Kelvin Gastelum TUF 17 Winner-478x270During the course of The Ultimate Fighter’s seventeenth season, middleweight Uriah Hall emerged as one of the highest touted fighters in the show’s eight-year history.  He entered the season’s finale as a heavy favorite over the youngest cast member, Kelvin Gastelum.

Gastelum, however, imposed his will on Hall en route to a unanimous decision victory in the final.

In Hall’s second fight in the famed UFC Octagon, he was defeated by John Howard by split decision in an uneventful fight.

Following the reality series’ conclusion, Hall and Gastelum have become training partners, and Gastelum believes Hall’s lackluster UFC performances have been all mental.

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  • thom

    Uriah Hall needs a mentor, and I’m thinking it should be Chael Sonnen.

    • drkdisciple

      A heart transplant is what he probably needs most.

    • BobLemons

      Yeah, on the show it came across like Sonnen would happily take him up to his camp. Hall should ask…

    • The Best Eva

      Agreed he needs to get his crap together before he gets buried by the keyboard warriors.

  • drkdisciple

    So far Hall reminds me of Sokoudjou, a whole lot of hype and nothing else!

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    • Mcgiggity

      Sokodjou had impressive ko’s over arona and lil nog coming into the UFC. His hype was warranted. Halls wins are against guys I’ve never heard of.

      …now I can’t prove it, but it is possible that prides lack of testing may have had something to do with those performances. Not having that secret weapon accessible in the UFC could be a factor in his performance there, among other things…

  • bajafox

    His problem was he thought he was in a sparring session the whole time. Nobody should smile that much during a fight unless they’re dominating.

  • Milosc

    MMA is an awkward sport, for an evolving species

    *Look up “IQ ranges and real-life functioning”. Notice which range is “most associated with violence”

    It isn’t quite natural to bash a relative stranger’s face in (and especially a friend), for certain people. The higher in intelligence a person goes, the more those reasons matter. Animals have absolutely no problem hurting things..

    • Milosc

      IQ ranges and real-life functioning:

      I’m not saying he can’t find a good enough reason to hurt somebody. It’s just, for certain people, it takes a little more work (not necessarily a bad thing, in the larger picture of life, mind you..)

    • Ksmma

      You’re right every good fighter is dumb….
      GSP, dj, Frankie Edgar, jones, Carwin, Hughes, penn, Henderson, Cruz, Anderson I could go on and on naming mma champs who are nuckle draggers! He’ll have you heard these guys talk? ME SMASH!! Is all I’ve ever heard them say. I’m surprised they all don’t try to eat the microphones.

      • Milosc

        Things are what they are…

        (Google: “false dichotomy”)

  • Mcgiggity

    Only broom around here is the one you and your mom have stuck in each others cornholes while the two of you scissor back and forth ya pinche joto. And your pops a bitch too.

  • Jon Mendelsohn

    Uriah Hall needs to move to Hicksville or Levittown, and study under Matt Serra. Take a job as a striking and kicking coach, and devote 24-7 under Matt. Having Weidman as a stablemate will help. If there is a conflict of interest, he could always move down to Welterweight. Uriah is an A – kicker, B standup, but failure on the mat.

    • drkdisciple

      that would require alot of motivation and dedication …two things Uriah appears to lack.

  • Ed Mister

    Didn’t we all get to see a Uriah Hall video of Fat Ronda making him her bitch? Should a bitch with a huge size advantage who gets tooled by a woman even be considered to be in the UFC?